The School of Comparative Indic Science and Technology (SCIST) in collaboration of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), KISS-DU organized an invited lecture was conducted on 4th May 2024 on the topic “Success through Higher Education: How to become Viksit Bharat @ 2047”. The lecture was based on increasing the value of millets with respect to entrepreneurship development as well as the therapeutic aspects of millet. Our eminent speaker Professor Siba Prasad Adhikary, Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU, Former Vice Chancellor of F.M. University was invited for this event.

Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of KISS-DU Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, in his welcome address spoke on the relevance of the topic.  Dr. Rashmi Mohapatra, Dean of SCIST, KISS-DU introduced the speaker and highlighted the academic achievements of the esteemed speaker.

In his lecture, Professor S.P. Adhikary highlighted the role of higher education to enhance the skills for a developed nation. “Viksit Bharat@2047” likely refers to the vision of an advanced and developed India by the year 2047, which marks the centenary of India’s independence. Achieving this vision involves multifaceted efforts, and higher education can certainly play a pivotal role.

Professor Adhikary focused on the role of social stability, economic growth, technology expansion, market growth, HRD and generate sense of social responsibility in achieving Viksit Bharat. The mission is to provide Urban facilities in rural India through ICT and skill education. The key highlights of his lecture were around six pertinent areas of –

  1. Skill Development: alongside formal education, focus on acquiring practical skills that are in demand in the job market. This could involve internships, workshops, online courses, and certification programs to enhance your employability and contribute effectively to the nation’s development.
  2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Foster an entrepreneurial mindset and innovation-driven approach. Higher education should not only equip you with theoretical knowledge but also encourage creativity, problem-solving abilities, and entrepreneurial skills to drive innovation and create jobs.
  1. Social Responsibility: Engage in projects and initiatives that address societal challenges and contribute to the welfare of the community. Higher education institutions often provide platforms for social entrepreneurship, community service, and sustainability initiatives.
  2. Policy and Governance: Gain insights into policy-making processes and governance mechanisms. Understanding how policies are formulated and implemented is crucial for driving systemic changes and contributing to the nation’s development agenda.
  3. Global Perspective: Develop a global perspective and learn from best practices worldwide. Collaborate with international institutions, participate in exchange programs, and leverage global networks to bring global insights and experiences to address local challenges.
  4. Leadership and Advocacy: Cultivate leadership skills and advocate for policies and initiatives that promote inclusive growth, sustainability, and social justice. Be a voice for positive change and inspire others to contribute to the vision of a developed and prosperous India by 2047.

He concluded the session by striking a comparison between the American, German and Indian education system in his presentation. He talked about the prospects of 500 million youth with Higher Education  and connection about 30 million of Indian origin in various parts of the planet. Professor Adhikary also touched upon the demography of talent pool where India ranked 2nd with 23% followed by China with 27%. He also highlighted the role of our universities in India with a vision at 2047. Further, he proposed that Universities should encourage learners to transform lives even through creativity and innovation, leading to patents, start-ups and entrepreneurship.

The meeting was graced the presence of Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General, KISS-DU, other senior functionaries, and faculty members. Dr. Sagarika Nayak, Assistant Professor, SCIST, KISS-DU.